Tumbler Ridge Secondary

Please see the attached allergy alert. Students are asked not to bring bananas into the school until further notice. 

Hello everyone,

Please see the attached for specific details about the first day of school tomorrow. Remember that we begin at 10:35 and end at 2:00. Please arrive no earlier than 10:20 as there will not be supervision before that time.

Students have been assigned a space based on grade and will be reminded of where to go when they arrive. Students will also be provided a reusable, non-medical mask for use in the hallways. They may also wear a personal mask from home if they wish.

One note: parents, please avoid parking directly in front of the doors when you drop off students. We are trying our best to avoid bottlenecks in entrances, so we are asking parents to please park in the parking lot and have their children walk to their designated door. As well, all late students are asked to enter through the main doors regardless of grade.

Have a great last day of break, and we will see you all tomorrow!

welcome back

September 8, 2020

Dear Students from Christy Fennell, SD59 Superintendent
(Parents/Caregivers please direct your child to read this or read it to them.  Thank you.)
Welcome Back!
We have finally arrived at our first week back to school.  For some of you this is your first time back since before Spring Break.  We are excited to see you and we have missed you.  We can’t wait to show you our new way of doing things.  You probably already know that your school will look different on the inside and some daily routines will change. You may have specific entrances to go to, different breaks and lunch times, and you may be told that you have to stay in a certain area while using the playground.  Even though things will be different, I know that you will adapt to these changes and still have fun while at school.  Plus, you may even find that you like some of these new rules, because with less students on the playground, you might even get more time to spend on your favourite equipment or playing your favourite games.

Read the full letter below.

September 4, 2020


When Child is Sick


All schools will follow the same process when a child becomes ill while at school:

  1. The child will be separated from the class and moved to a supervised area away from other students and staff.  
  2. The child's parent/caregiver will be called immediately and asked to pick them up as soon as possible.
  3. The students will be provided with a mask and will remain in the isolated area until they are picked up.
  4. Spaces the student recently used will be cleaned/disinfected.
  5. Parents/caregivers will be given a letter outlining that they must keep the child at home until they have been assessed by a health care provider to exclude COVID-19 or other infectious diseases, AND their symptoms have resolved.  An example of the letter is provided in the link below.
  6. The school will call the parent/caregiver later in the day to follow up on the child's progress.


Sample Letter to Parent



September 4th, 2020

On September 10th students will be returning to classrooms for in-class instruction.  Schools have been reaching out by phone, e-mail, and posting information on their social media and school websites that outlines what returning to school will look like. 

For parents who still have concerns about returning to in-class instruction,  please connect with your principal who can guide you through the process of what options and support the District can put in place for your child.  The District and our schools are working hard to be flexible, address concerns, and provide supports that meet the needs of all students and parents in School District 59.  

If you have considered options outside of our district or homeschooling, please contact your school principal or Director of Instruction Paul Chisholm, to discuss your concerns prior to making your final decision.  We can provide you with information about what the District will be offering to parents and children who have concerns about returning to face-to-face instruction.  

Please check the SCHOOL DIRECTORY for your school's contact number, or contact Director of instruction, Paul Chisholm at 250-782-8571.

August 26, 2020 

Dear Parents/Caregivers: 

School District 59 (PRS) is excited to be welcoming students back to Stage 2. Since March families have been dealing with constant change to the education model. Once again, we are asking that you work with us in this new change. Teachers and principals are working together to develop plans for their school that meet the needs of all learners. Quality education and safety are our top priorities. Our goal is to maximize face to face instruction because that is the best model for students to thrive. 

The School District 59 Restart Plan for K-12 Education in Stage 2 has been approved by the Ministry of Education. Here is an overview of the most important things for you to know. More detail is provided in the links at the end of this document. Next week, schools will publish individualized school plans on their website. The last week has been focused on creating learning groups/cohorts, decreasing the amount of people that students and teachers come in contact with, in a day, and decreasing the amount of transitions students and teachers have in the school. 

Click here to read the full document. 

SD59 Stage 2 Documents (Updated September 3, 2020):

Dear Tumbler Ridge families,

First, let us say how excited we are to be part of the team at Tumbler Ridge Secondary this year and how much we are looking forward to working with the students and families here. As we enter a new school year like any other, we are all facing uncertainty and the challenge of a constantly evolving situation. Our foremost concern, as always, is providing a safe, positive learning environment for your children. To that end, school will look different this September than it ever has in previous years, and even than it did in June. To help families familiarize themselves with the changes students will see in the classroom and elsewhere in the school, the attached document provides details of the startup plan. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about this. 

In honour of our grade 12 students, who were our first Go kart project group, staff at Tumbler Ridge Secondary have created the TRSS trackway and loop! The loop gives students a visual for maintaining distancing and orderly movement throughout the school, and it also even teaches a bit of road safety :)

There is a presentation attached below that walks you though the entire loop and track. 

A big thank-you goes out to all of our amazing staff for their work in bringing the vision for this track to life!


This week was filled with Halloween fun at TRSS! From cupcake sales to candy grams to our Halloween Dances, students at TRSS had some great opportunities to have fun together. Based on the fantastic costume designs at our dances, I believe we may have a some makeup artists and fashion designers in the making!

Earlier in the week, the school received an information package from Health Canada about vaping. The package included some informative posters which are up around the school, as well as talking points for parents and teens.


The big lesson from the readings from Heath Canada is that Vaping is not harmless. There is evidence that aside from Nicotine (which is highly addictive, changes teen brain development, and contributes to heart disease), vapes deliver toxic chemicals to the body like formaldehyde (a known carcinogen), nitrosamines (linked to cancer) and lead (a neurotoxin). Silicate particles, which are a cause of lung disease, have also been found in vape mist. Vape mist is created with aerosol, so it also contains the same toxins that are in every aerosol spray container.

As Parents and guardians, you have the greatest amount of influence on your children, followed by their teachers, peers and social media. Please talk to your child about vaping. If your child does vape regularly, consider reaching out to the health clinic for information on how to quit vaping.

Upcoming Events and Dates

This week, Rik Leaf is with us and will be venturing out to many classrooms. Having Rik is always a blast, and we look forward to what the week will bring! See more at https://rikleaf.com/

On November 8th, we will be having our Remembrance Day ceremony at 10:45am. Delegates from the community will be joining us, and parents you are welcome to come as well. We ask that parents arrive by no later than 10:30am to get seated before our Delegates and Elementary School arrive.

November 11th is a holiday - No School

All upcoming Dates and Events are now on the right hand side of the website, or you can access them all here: https://www.sd59.bc.ca/schools/tumbler-ridge-secondary/events

Have a great week!

Mr. McGuire

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